How Cities Benefit from Citizenship

January 26, 2016

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference that took place last month, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released a new report that it commissioned on the benefits of naturalization to cities. The report reinforces previous research done by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, […]

Resolve to Become a U.S. Citizen in 2016

January 25, 2016

The New Year is a time to set goals to improve yourself and your quality of life. There’s an important opportunity for lawful permanent residents to do just that; through U.S. citizenship. Becoming a citizen opens the door to many new opportunities that were previously unavailable to green card holders. This New Year resolve to […]

Top 10 Highlights of 2015

December 23, 2015

As we wrap up 2015, the New Americans Campaign looks back on a busy and successful year helping lawful permanent residents (LPRs) apply for and achieve citizenship. Here are our top 10 highlights: 1. Expanded Our Reach to LPR Communities Since July 2011, the Campaign has helped LPRs complete more than 180,000 citizenship applications and […]

Zoom In: Data on the Naturalization-eligible Could Help Providers Focus Resources

In a previous post, we wrote about a new report published by the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) on the naturalization-eligible population in the U.S. This report contains estimates of the number of immigrants eligible to naturalize broken down by state and by national origin. The report provides useful demographic information about potential new citizens. […]

2015 Strong Year for Citizenship as New Americans Campaign Looks Ahead to 2016

December 21, 2015

Last week, 31 new Americans from 25 countries took part in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. President Obama spoke at the ceremony, which marked the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. “We can never say it often or loudly enough: Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew […]

Two Refugees’ Tales of Resettlement and Rebuilding

December 17, 2015

Between 1992 and 1995, millions of Bosnians were forced to flee their homes as hundreds of thousands of others were killed by armed conflict. Amir Music and Biljana Debogovic were two of those Bosnian refugees who escaped with their lives and resettled in the United States with their families. They didn’t know each other at […]

New Report Offers Rich Detail on the Naturalization-Eligible

December 7, 2015

On Nov. 3, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) released a report estimating the population of immigrants eligible to naturalize. The detail on the lawful permanent resident (LPR) population included in this report, together with forthcoming release of data at the sub-state level, will allow state, local and federal government and non-governmental service providers to […]

L.A. Citizenship Campaign Launched with New Americans Campaign Partners

November 30, 2015

On Nov. 10, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis launched a citizenship campaign, ¡Protégete!…¡Ciudadania Ya! (Protect Yourself! Citizenship Now!), with major Los Angeles immigrant rights organizations, the California Community Foundation and leading Spanish-language media. The campaign aims to inform, educate and assist L.A. County’s estimated 755,000 residents who are eligible […]

USCIS Launches Spanish-language Practice Tests for Citizenship Civics Exam

November 23, 2015

Last week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an online Spanish-language civics practice test, which will help more immigrants prepare for the civics section of the naturalization test. This resource was developed as part of the Task Force on New Americans, an element of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced a year […]

Giving the Gift of Citizenship

November 20, 2015

“If I leave you, I don’t want to leave you like this,” Letisia Montoya said to her husband, Saul. Letisia, a U.S. citizen, was recently diagnosed with cancer. And while she worried about her illness, she also feared for her husband and his certainty in the country as a green card holder. That’s because lawful […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 2,900 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 193,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $172 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More